By Zachary Stieber
FBI whistleblowers have revealed that the bureau has “voluminous evidence” of potential criminal conduct by President Joe Biden’s son, according to a top senator.
“Based on recent protected disclosures to my office, the FBI has within its possession significant, impactful and voluminous evidence with respect to potential criminal conduct by Hunter Biden and James Biden,” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told FBI Director Christopher Wray and other officials in a letter dated Oct. 13.
Hunter Biden is the president’s son. James is the president’s brother.
Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has been approached by a number of whistleblowers in recent months upset about how the bureau has handled its investigation of Hunter Biden, who carried out business in China and other countries while his father was vice president.
The evidence of potential criminal activity includes a summary of an interview FBI agents conducted with Tony Bobulinski, Hunter Biden’s onetime business partner, shortly before the 2020 presidential election.
“In that interview, Mr. Bobulinski stated that the arrangement Hunter Biden and James Biden created with foreign nationals connected to the communist Chinese government included assisting them with potential business deals and investments while Joe Biden was Vice President; however, that work remained intentionally uncompensated while Joe Biden was Vice President. After Joe Biden left the Vice Presidency, the summary makes clear that Hunter Biden and James Biden worked with CEFC and affiliated individuals to compensate them for that past work and the benefits they procured for CEFC,” Grassley said.
CEFC China Energy, now defunct, was a large energy firm in China.
According to the summary, Grassley said, Hunter Biden, James Biden, and their associates created a venture that would enable them to be compensated.
An operating agreement attached to Grassley’s letter outlined the percentage each individual would receive through LLCs. Ten percent of Hunter Biden’s interest was to be held for his father, according to Bobulinski.
“Based on allegations provided to my office, the information provided by Mr. Bobulinski formed a sufficient basis to open a full field investigation on pay-to-play grounds; however, it is unclear whether the FBI did so and whether the information is part of the ongoing criminal investigation by U.S. Attorney Weiss,” Grassley said.
The bureau also is in possession of other documents, including one noting that the former vice president met with his son and business associates in 2017 at a conference in Los Angeles California, the senator said.
He sent the missive to U.S. Attorney for the District of Delaware David Weiss, a Trump appointee, and Attorney General Merrick Garland, a Biden appointee, in addition to Wray.
Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz received a copy of the letter.
Grassley said the disclosures “beg the question” of what U.S. authorities have done to investigate, while noting that the Department of Justice and FBI have not disputed any previous revelations based on whistleblower disclosures regarding Hunter Biden since May.
“Simply put, enough is enough—the Justice Department and FBI must come clean to Congress and the American people with respect to the steps they have taken, or failed to take, relating to the Hunter Biden investigation,” Grassley said.
The FBI and Hunter Biden’s lawyer did not respond to requests for comment. The FBI has said it is involved in the investigation.
Chris Clark, the lawyer, said recently that he thinks prosecutors “are diligently and thoroughly weighing not just evidence provided by agents, but also all the other witnesses in this case, including witnesses for the defense.”
The Department of Justice has declined to answer many questions about Hunter Biden since he announced in late 2020 that he was under investigation. The president’s son said investigators were probing his “tax affairs.” Garland has said there “will not be interference of any political or improper kind” when questioned on the matter.
Subpoenas show that investigators sought bank records for both Hunter Biden and James Biden.